Oregon Unveils New Uniforms

Intern Sam was at the closed practice on Saturday when the Ducks unveiled their new line of uniforms for the 2019 season. Here is his take on the new set Oregon will be rocking this year –

It is not unusual to see the south stands of Autzen stadium full on a Saturday while an autumn breeze passes through the Willamette valley. What is unusual is that the same southside filled on a hot cloudless day in August, which was the setting the morning and early afternoon of August the 17th.

Thousands of Oregon football season ticket holders streamed into the home of the Ducks for a few hours of food, football and the unveiling of the new Oregon football uniforms. The smell of chicken sandwiches and hotdogs filled the air as fans of all ages eagerly moved towards their seats in anticipation of the action before them.

Oregon Head Football Coach Mario Christobal brought his team out on the field scrimmaging and running situational scenarios. Junior receiver Johnny Johnson III grabbed the attention of the coaches and fans during the scrimmage periods as did redshirt sophomore running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio.

The true excitement of the day came after the practice concluded and six cloaked mannequins were brought on stage. In front of them, Coach Cristobal microphone in hand addressed the crowd.

“Thank you for being here,” Coach Cristobal excitedly told the thousands before him. “Keep bringing that juice because we love it!”

Once Coach Cristobal finished the brief speech he handed the microphone to event MC and Oregon broadcaster Joey McMurry. McMurry counted down from three and with a tug of fabric covering the mannequins by Oregon cheerleaders the new uniforms were revealed.

On six mannequins, five of Nike’s new ‘Vapor Fusion’ uniforms were revealed. Four helmets, including a matte Oregon green with glossed Oregon green wings, an Oregon Yellow with silver wings, a liquid chrome with silver wings, and last but certainly not least a new matte Nightmare Green with brighter glossy green wings.

 

Five different new jerseys were on display including an Oregon Green with yellow, an Oregon yellow with black, a white with Oregon Green, a white with Nightmare Green and a Nightmare green with Oregon yellow. Each jersey had its own matching pants, to go along with new cleats and socks.

Former Oregon Duck receiver Daryle Hawkin is now a member of Nike’s creative team and was a consultant on the project.

“To do it for the school I got to play for is completely next level,” Hawkins said. “I like to think I bring a certain level of insight, passion and enthusiasm so that when you see all that attention to detail hopefully you feel it.”

The Nike Vapor Fusion uniform itself is new and different from the previous Nike designs. The template has new stitching patterns and more seam lines than other iterations.

“Anytime we add more seams it creates fit. You couple in improved fit also improves range of motion and together that also improves durability,” Hawkins said. “ In a departure from the last iteration where we wanted to push how minimal could we go with the jersey, I think from there we wanted to improve by making it more durable and tailor the fit.”

The uniforms are beyond functional. According to many fans, they are stylish as well.

“I think you always want a uniform to have a look of speed and I think that’s what Oregon has always wanted to go for,” said Oregon broadcaster and event MC Joey McMurry. “To me the minimalist design of simplicity with bold numbers with a bold color, I think that’s kind of where design, in general, is going, not just in uniforms, so I think it makes sense that Oregon is doing that.”

Fans too were excited about the uniforms and event as a whole. Of the thousands that attended, many stayed to purchase new gear and take in the sights and sounds even on a hot Saturday.

“Everyone coming out here, I think it means the fans are ready to watch some football,” Oregon Ducks fan and season ticket holder Patrick Kennedy said. “Everyone here likes Autzen and likes having a good time.”

What Oregon will wear week one is still unknown. They kick off the season August 31 in AT&T Stadium against the Auburn Tigers at 5:00 pm on ABC and 95.3 the Score. The Ducks get to show their home fans everything on September 7 in the friendly confines of Autzen Stadium at 4:30 pm against the Nevada Wolfpack on the Pac-12 network and 95.3 the Score.

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